Sewing 101

I’ve already mentioned that I bought a sewing machine on Black Friday because I’ve always loved the look of sewing on paper projects, and wanted to be able to do the same. I bought the cheapest machine I could find ($50 at Walmart) and it is just perfect for my needs. In the process, I made a very pleasant discovery: my husband is in fact quite good at operating a sewing machine! And thanks goodness for that (more later)… Here’s an example of what he did for my December Daily album:

DD 2011 - 16b

So pretty! Well, anyway, going back to the sewing machine. I haven’t quite learned how to use it yet. But I really wanted to try sewing on DH’s Christmas card (and I certainly couldn’t have him do it!) so I gave it a try. Oh my goodness, I think I am a complete and utter failure at sewing! Here’s the proof:

Christmas sew card

Icolology:Christmas by Plum Dumpling Designs

Yikes is right! For the first line of stitching, I forgot to put down the presser foot, so the stitching was all wobbly. But for the other two attempts, I have no excuse – I had everything in place correctly, but I still wasn’t able to sew straight. I had no idea it was so hard to sew straight! I have some learning to do in the upcoming year, that’s for sure! 😉

One thought on “Sewing 101

  1. I'm so excited you got a sewing machine! Don't worry – I had a hard time too when I first started. I still can't really sew in a perfectly straight line. I think the best tip my mom gave me was to let the feed dogs (i think that's what they're called?) do the work . . . let it pull for you and just guide it gently. Anyway I prefer messy stitching anyway 🙂

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